Celtic survive rollercoaster contest to reach verge of Champions League group stage

Leigh Griffiths scored twice

Celtic, Leigh Griffiths

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after teammate Scott Brown scores his side's fifth goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture by: Jeff Holmes / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Celtic have come out on top in a rollercoaster match in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

The Scottish champions beat Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva 5-2 at Celtic Park.

Brendan Rodgers' side led 3-0 at one point, but conceded twice in a short period, before scoring a couple more themselves.

A ninth minute strike from Tomas Rogic and a double from Leigh Griffiths had Celtic well in control at half-time.

But they almost saw that 3-0 advantage wiped out when Hapoel scored twice in two second half minutes thanks to Palhano Soares and Melikson to set up a nervous last half hour.

But Nir Bitton and Scott Brown scored for Celtic in the final 20 minutes to give the Hoops an advantage ahead of the second leg.